Want to save money on ski trips? Surprisingly, there are dozens of ways to save on your skiing or snowboarding getaway. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the deals, discounts, tips and tricks you need to know to save on a ski vacation.
We are a little biased! Our website, right here, can be an excellent resource when planning your ski vacation. We have deals on our website for lift tickets, ski rentals, lodging, transportation, dining and activities at most major ski resorts in North America. We work with all the top resorts and even have exclusive deals you won’t find anywhere else. Browsing destinations and deals on our site can help you decide where to go and give you plenty of options to save on every aspect of your vacation.
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Many ski resorts offer free skiing for children with the purchase of a full-day, full-price adult lift ticket. Some resorts have free ski rentals or lift tickets for kids … or both! Some resorts also offer free lessons. Finding a ski resort that gives kiddos a free pass can really save parents money on the mountain.
Some ski resorts have free lessons for all ages with a paid lift ticket. This is a perfect money-saving option for anyone who wants to learn to ski or snowboard, or anyone who does one and wants to try the other for a change.
If you are a student or past/present military, be sure to bring your ID with you. Lots of resorts have discounts for students, but you may need to prove what grade they are in. Same goes for any active military or veteran. Some resorts will give the whole family a discount if there’s a veteran along!
Ski resorts love older visitors, and many offer cheaper rates for seniors. Check senior pricing online and don’t forget to bring your AARP card (and other benefit cards) along on the trip.
If you can escape to the slopes during the week, you may be able to save money on ski trips; lodging and lift tickets. Looks for deals on stays from Monday-Thursday during a regular week with no holidays. Both lift tickets and lodging go for a premium on the weekends and holidays.
If you’re going to ski a lot this season, it only makes sense to get a season pass. It’s way cheaper than paying full price at the ticket window. Season passes like the Epic Pass and Ikon Pass include additional benefits as well. There are several other regional multi-area passes to consider too.
Are you planning to ski multiple days this season? Consider a multi-day pass. It’s still cheaper than a daily full-price ticket and gets less expensive the more days you purchase.
You can save money on lift tickets by purchasing them at least seven days in advance. Buy your lift tickets online more than a week out and you’ll get them cheaper. (Many resorts offer this promotion but be sure to check the specifics at your destination.)
Try to win free lift tickets and other swag through seasonal giveaways here at SkiCoupons.com. We get freebies, promotional items and swag all the time, and we love to pass it along to our visitors. When it comes to saving money, you can’t beat free!
If you have earned any travel points with an airline, see if you can get a discounted flight direct to a ski resort like Jackson Hole or Aspen. Salt Lake City is another great location, with more than 10 resorts within an hour of the airport. Using airline miles to get free or discounted tickets is a wonderful way to save.
Looking for something more all-inclusive? Check out deals on ski vacation packages that offer discounted lodging, rentals, lift tickets and other perks. There are lots of package deals out there, and each one is different. It’s worth looking to see if there’s something that’s a good fit for you or your group. (Of course, the best place to start is SkiCoupons.com where we have a package to just about everywhere!)
Have a larger family or group that wants to ski? Group packages push down the per-person cost of a ski vacation considerably. Splitting the cost among ten or more guests can make lodging, ski rentals and lift tickets much cheaper. Hotels and ski resorts have lots of promotions and perks for larger groups like wedding parties, business retreats, corporate outings and family get-togethers.
Ski-in, ski-out lodging is amazing and convenient, but also comes with a premium price tag. Finding a deal on slopeside lodging can be tough, but there are some out there. Consider lodging off the slopes for a better nightly rate as one of the top ways to save money on ski trips. Many hotels and condos provide complimentary transportation to and from the slopes. If you can handle a 5- to 10-minute shuttle ride to the lifts, you can save considerably.
Some ski towns have excellent free transportation that you can use. Catching a free local bus to the lifts can save on parking at the ski resort as well as car rental costs. Play your cards right and you might be able to avoid a car rental altogether.
Renting a condo instead of a hotel room means you’ll have a full kitchen to prepare some meals. Most condos have a full kitchen with a stove, oven, microwave, coffee maker and full-size refrigerator with a freezer. Fix some meals at home and you can save money on your ski trips. Just be sure to stock up on groceries before you head to the resort, because items in ski towns or villages can be expensive.
Don’t fall to temptation on the slopes. Bring along some snacks in your jacket for the day to keep you from purchasing expensive items on the mountain. Granola bars, Larabars and trail mix are popular choices for a quick pick-me-up on the hill. And don’t forget to pack plenty of hydration in a water bottle. If you’re not prepared, you’ll pay a premium at a slopeside store.
Most condos also have a washer and dryer, so you can save money by packing less and doing laundry during your stay. It’s also perfect for drying your socks during a lunch break.
Rent ski gear at the resort and you won’t need to pay for shipping or inflated baggage handling expenses at the airport. You also won’t take up a bunch of space in your car if you’re driving. If you want to save money, leave the gear at home and only bring the essentials. Ski rental companies have equipment for beginners as well as high performance gear for more advanced skiers and snowboarders that is very affordable. You can rent skis and poles, snowboards with bindings, boots and a helmet. Some rental companies even offer free delivery to your condo or hotel.
Bring everything else you need from home: gloves, goggles, socks, outerwear and plenty of layers. You’ll be able to get these items at home for much cheaper than at the resort. You may be able to score some secondhand gear at a local thrift shop, garage sale or Craigslist if you’re lucky. Or, buy quality items at the end of the season at a discounted price so you’re ready for next year.
Have your own money-saving ideas? Leave your comments below and we’ll add to our list.